Karen Musser Nortman

Biography

Karen Musser Nortman, after previous incarnations as a secondary social studies teacher (22 years) and a test developer (18 years), returned to her childhood dream of writing a novel. Bats and Bones, a cozy mystery, came out of numerous 'round the campfire' discussions, making up answers to questions raised by the peephole glimpses one gets into the lives of fellow campers. Where did those people disappear to for the last two days? What kinds of bones are in this fire pit? Why is that woman wearing heels to the shower house?

Karen and her husband Butch originally tent camped when their children were young and switched to a travel trailer when sleeping on the ground lost its romantic adventure. They take frequent weekend jaunts with friends to parks in Iowa and surrounding states, plus occasional longer trips. Entertainment on these trips has ranged from geocaching and hiking/biking to barbecue contests, balloon fests, and buck skinners' rendezvous. Frannie and Larry will no doubt check out some of these options on their future adventures.

Karen has three children and eight grandchildren. She also loves reading, gardening, and knitting, and can recite the 99 counties of Iowa in alphabetical order.

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Books

The Long, Wrong Trailer
Price: Free! Words: 16,540. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Punk and PJ Norton decide to spend part of their retirement RV camping and purchase an used travel trailer from a shady dealer in this humorous cozy mystery. They camp at a nearby park where Halloween festivities are in progress. There are problems with the trailer from the start, and then the dealer, who sponsors the activities is found dead. By a disgruntled customer or an angry ex-wife?
The Lady of the Lake
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,120. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A trip down memory lane is fine if you don’t stumble on a body. Frannie Shoemaker and her friends camp at Old Dam Trail State Park near one of Donna Nowak’s childhood homes, reliving old times. But the present intrudes when a body surfaces and Donna becomes the focus of the investigation. A traveling goddess worshipper, a mystery writer and the Sisters on the Fly add color to the campground.
Bats and Bones
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 55,480. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Camping can be murder. Oh, sure, there's the stunning scenery, socializing with old friends and new acquaintances, amazing food cooked outside, and so on. But what if a dead body turns up on one of your hikes-for-fun-and fitness? Better camp with retirees Frannie and Larry Shoemaker and their friends! Bats and Bones is a B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree.
The Blue Coyote
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,360. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Frannie and Larry Shoemaker love taking their grandchildren camping with them. But at Bluffs State Park, Frannie finds herself worrying more than usual about their safety, and when another young girl disappears from the campground in broad daylight, her fears increase. Accusations against Larry and her add to the cloud over their heads.

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